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Andi Mack
Andi Mack Logo.jpg
Genre Family comedy-drama
Created by Terri Minsky
Starring
Theme music composer
  • Amit Ofir
  • Shridhar Solanki
  • Erika Nuri Taylor
Opening theme "Tomorrow Starts Today"
by Sabrina Carpenter
Composer(s) Jacob Yoffee
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 31 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Greg A. Hampson
  • Jeff T. Miller
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 20–25 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Go Dog Go
  • MM Productions
  • Horizon Productions
Release
Original network Disney Channel
Original release April 7, 2017 (2017-04-07) – present
External links
Website
Production website

Andi Mack is an American family comedy-drama television series created by Terri Minsky that premiered on Disney Channel on April 7, 2017. The series stars Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Joshua Rush, Sofia Wylie, Asher Angel, Lilan Bowden, and Lauren Tom. It follows 13-year-old Andi Mack and her best friends, Cyrus Goodman and Buffy Driscoll, as they attend middle school.

Andi Mack is the top-rated series on American television among girls overall and in its time period among all children ages 6–14. It is the first series on Disney Channel to feature a gay middle school boy as a main character, which has drawn considerable media attention and was reported in the news as being "historic". The series has been nominated for and won awards for its coming out storyline, the introduction of which led to a ratings surge.

Premise

Andi Mack's older sister Bex returns home for Andi's thirteenth birthday. Throughout the series, Andi deals with her newfound life that is filled with drama. In the first season, it is revealed that Bex is not Andi's sister, but actually her mother. Andi's father is later revealed to be Bowie, and her relationship with her parents progresses. Andi has a crush on Jonah Beck, a local frisbee sensation. Andi tries to compete with Jonah's high school girlfriend Amber. Later, Andi separates herself from Jonah, who then realizes he might have feelings for her. Helping Andi are her family, and friends, Cyrus Goodman and Buffy Driscoll.

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
112April 7, 2017 (2017-04-07)June 23, 2017 (2017-06-23)
2TBAOctober 27, 2017 (2017-10-27)TBA

Cast

Main

Recurring

  • Stoney Westmoreland as Henry "Ham" Mack[1]
  • Emily Skinner as Amber
  • Chelsea T. Zhang as Brittany
  • Garren Stitt as Marty
  • Trent Garrett as Bowie
  • Luke Mullen as TJ

Production

Development of the series began in 2015 when Disney Channels Worldwide president Gary Marsh convinced writer and producer Terri Minsky to consider developing another series for Disney Channel. Minsky had created the popular sitcom Lizzie McGuire, which aired from 2001 to 2004, but was initially reluctant to create another teen-oriented series. Minsky eventually found inspiration for the series in an article on how Jack Nicholson had learned as an adult that the woman he thought was his sister was actually his mother.[2] Disney Channel ordered a pilot based on the concept in November 2015,[3] and ordered Andi Mack to series in August 2016.[4][5] The series started filming in Salt Lake City in September 2016,[6] and finished filming in December 2016.[7]

The first episode became available on the Disney Channel App, On-Demand, Disney Channel's YouTube, iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play on March 10, 2017, while the second episode became available the same day via Disney Channel On-Demand as well as to subscribers using the Disney Channel App.[8] The series premiered on Disney Channel on April 7, 2017.[8] A total of 13 episodes were ordered for the first season;[9] however, only 12 episodes aired.

Disney Channel renewed the series for a second season on May 25, 2017.[10] The filming of the second season began in July 2017.[11]

On August 20, 2017, five additional episodes were ordered for the second season.[12] One week before the season two premiere, a music video for the full version of the series' theme song was released, starring the entire cast.[13] On October 25, 2017, TVLine revealed that in the second season, Cyrus will begin to realize that he has feelings for Jonah, following several hints in the first season, making him Disney Channel's first gay main character in the United States.[14] The second season premiered on Disney Channel on October 27, 2017.

On February 19, 2018, Disney Channel announced that Andi Mack had been renewed for a third season, with the cast informed about the renewal on Good Morning America that day.[15]

Reception

Critical

The series has been praised for accurately representing the lives of young teenagers, with examples including a learning disability, panic attacks, a bar mitzvah, and the unplanned pregnancy of the mother of the title character.[16] It is the first series on Disney Channel to feature a gay middle school boy as a main character, which has drawn considerable media attention and was reported in the news as "historic".[17][18]

Ratings

The series is the top-rated series on American television among girls overall and in its time period among all children ages 6–14.[19] The introduction of the coming out storyline in the second season led to a ratings surge.[20]

Season Episodes First aired Last aired Avg. viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 12 April 7, 2017 (2017-04-07) 1.24[21] June 23, 2017 (2017-06-23) 1.94[22] 1.39
2 19 October 27, 2017 (2017-10-27) 1.62[23] TBA TBD 1.27

Awards and nominations

The series is the first on Disney Channel to feature a coming out storyline, which has led it to be nominated for and win several awards, including the 2018 inaugural GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Kids & Family Programming and the 2018 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences award for Television with a Conscience.

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2018 GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Kids & Family Programming Andi Mack Won [24]
British LGBT Awards Media Moment of the Year Cyrus comes out on Andi Mack Nominated [25]
Peabody Awards Children's & Youth Programming Andi Mack Nominated [26]
Television Academy Honors Television with a Conscience Andi Mack Won [27]

Mack Chat

After each new episode, an interstitial series called "Mack Chat" is shown where child audiences review the episode, the humorous points of the show, and their speculation on what will happen in the next episode.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Andi Mack". Disney ABC Press. 
  2. ^ Brooks Barnes (March 10, 2017). "Kids Are Getting Older Quicker. And Disney Tries to Adapt". The New York Times. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Disney Channel Orders Series Pilot from Lizzie McGuire Creator, Terri Minsky" (Press release). Disney Channel. November 11, 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2018 – via The Futon Critic. 
  4. ^ "Disney Channel Orders New Series Andi Mack from Lizzie McGuire Creator Terri Minsky" (Press release). Disney Channel. August 5, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2018 – via The Futon Critic. 
  5. ^ Oriana Schwindt (August 5, 2016). "Disney Channel Orders New Series Andi Mack from Lizzie McGuire Creator". Variety. Retrieved April 20, 2018. 
  6. ^ Alexis Rhiannon (September 7, 2016). "The First Andi Mack Cast Photo Has Exactly What the Disney Channel Show Needs to Go the Distance". Bustle. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  7. ^ Adam Droge (December 15, 2016). "Disney Channel's Andi Mack Finishes Up Filming in Salt Lake City". Deseret News. Retrieved January 14, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Disney Channel's Andi Mack, an Engaging New Series from the Creator of Lizzie McGuire, Begins Friday, March 10, on the Disney Channel App and All On-Demand Platforms" (Press release). Disney Channel. March 2, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017 – via The Futon Critic. 
  9. ^ Art Rascon (April 12, 2017). "Young Houston Native Joshua Rush Stars in Andi Mack on Disney Channel". ABC 13. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  10. ^ Erik Pedersen (May 25, 2017). "Andi Mack Gets Season 2 Renewal from Disney Channel". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  11. ^ Grace Hwang Lynch (June 26, 2017). "Q&A: Peyton Elizabeth Lee of Disney's Andi Mack". CAAM. Retrieved May 21, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Disney Show, Other Series Extend Utah Production". The Enterprise. August 20, 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2018. 
  13. ^ Sabrina Carpenter (October 19, 2017). Sabrina Carpenter - Tomorrow Starts Today (Andi Mack Theme Song) (Official Video). Disney Music VEVO. Retrieved May 21, 2018 – via YouTube. 
  14. ^ Andy Swift (October 25, 2017). "Disney Channel to Feature Its First Gay Main Character in Andi Mack Season 2". TVLine. Retrieved October 25, 2017. 
  15. ^ Denise Petski (February 19, 2018). "Andi Mack Renewed for Third Season on Disney Channel". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 19, 2018. 
  16. ^ Kate Feldman (February 23, 2018). "Andi Mack Can't Stop Changing the Disney Channel for the Better". New York Daily News. Retrieved May 23, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Disney Channel Makes History with First Gay Storyline". BBC News. October 26, 2017. Retrieved May 23, 2018. 
  18. ^ Bethonie Butler (October 26, 2017). "Disney Channel Is Making History with Its First Coming-Out Story". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 23, 2018. 
  19. ^ Kimberly Nordyke (October 25, 2017). "Disney Channel Breaks Ground with First Gay Storyline". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 26, 2018. 
  20. ^ Denise Petski (November 2, 2017). "Andi Mack Banned in Kenya Over Gay Character as Ratings Surge". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 8, 2018. 
  21. ^ Mitch Metcalf (April 10, 2017). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.7.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
  22. ^ Mitch Metcalf (June 26, 2017). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 6.23.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved June 26, 2017. 
  23. ^ Mitch Metcalf (October 30, 2017). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.27.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 30, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Andi Mack Wins GLAAD's Inaugural Kids and Family Programming Award". Variety. April 11, 2018. Retrieved May 21, 2018. 
  25. ^ "Top 10 Media Moments 2018". The British LGBT Awards. Retrieved May 21, 2018. 
  26. ^ Cynthia Littleton (April 10, 2018). "Peabody Awards Unveil 60 Nominees for 2017". Variety. Retrieved May 21, 2018. 
  27. ^ "Andi Mack". Television Academy. June 1, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018. 

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